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Jan 03, 2012

Freddy Krueger getting a paragraph was the last straw for me (page 45). This is a lousy book. It is one of those pathological fantasy "authorities" which redefines its subject to include many, many things which don't belong (e.g. deities and Asian monsters).


The cover art is beautiful, but don't expect the drawings within the book to measure up. (Some do; most don't. It's fair but falls short of enchanting.)

Lots of exposed breasts. How did the publishers think they could get away with putting Freddy Krueger getting a paragraph was the last straw for me (page 45). This is a lousy book. It is one of those pathological fantasy "authorities" which redefines its subject to include many, many things which don't belong (e.g. deities and Asian monsters).


The cover art is beautiful, but don't expect the drawings within the book to measure up. (Some do; most don't. It's fair but falls short of enchanting.)

Lots of exposed breasts. How did the publishers think they could get away with putting racy content in a book that already had so many shortcomings (some of which I describe below)?

The writer makes an occasional citation, but their placement seems arbitrary. Why would he want support for detail X and not countless others? I have the feeling while reading that I couldn't trust them very far, and the citations did nothing to put me at ease.

The descriptions seem always to be lacking. There is never enough depth to get any sort of feeling, and there is only rarely any snatch of any story to illustrate the creature. No real history or origin story is offered. The paucity of depth notwithstanding, the author appears (to me) to expect the reader to come with an understanding of the difference between kobolds, hobgoblins, etc. Is this supposed to be an introductory or an advanced material?

The writer runs roughshod over the traditions of some regions to promulgate his own chosen mythos. For some creatures, the writer fails to indicate the country or region to region retains or from which it originates. For others, he asserts a false history of his own making to indicate that the creature once lived in country A better move to country B because people A drove it away. (Inauthentic) ...more
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Aug 06, 2011

Une mine d'or d'émerveillement, de poésie et d'humour. Si vous voulez tout savoir sur les dryades, les sidhe, les fées Morgane, les dames rouges, les dames blanches, les fuath, les babouchka, les tempestaires, les Tante Arie & autres Wilda Berchta, etc., etc. précipitez-vous! Notre elficologue national nous rappelle à quel point notre folklore est riche. Je ne m'en lasse jamais. Périodiquement, j'y retourne, me perd dans ses pages, feuillette, rêvasse, aidé par les merveilleuses Une mine d'or d'émerveillement, de poésie et d'humour. Si vous voulez tout savoir sur les dryades, les sidhe, les fées Morgane, les dames rouges, les dames blanches, les fuath, les babouchka, les tempestaires, les Tante Arie & autres Wilda Berchta, etc., etc. précipitez-vous! Notre elficologue national nous rappelle à quel point notre folklore est riche. Je ne m'en lasse jamais. Périodiquement, j'y retourne, me perd dans ses pages, feuillette, rêvasse, aidé par les merveilleuses illustrations. Un enchantement qui m'est indispensable. ...more
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Apr 02, 2019

If you like dark faeries you will probably like this book.. It is informative kind of like an encyclopedia.
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Jul 10, 2019

I enjoyed all the stories of mythological creatures and the illustrations are beautiful.
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Nov 18, 2018

A large and beautiful book, informative and gorgeously illustrated. Everything you ever wanted to know about fairies and their ilk.
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Oct 28, 2012

Sadly disappointed. Not great and really not an encyclopedia. More like an author retelling a mis mash of stories. At least half of the tales you cannot even tell what area of the world the legends are supposed to be from. Mostly, it is a collection of tales with whichever type of fey as one of the characters. But there are really bad errors. How do you screw up Morgan le Fey? Cecily Mary Barker created the Flower Fairies and, no, she did not create them based on fairy lore. She created them Sadly disappointed. Not great and really not an encyclopedia. More like an author retelling a mis mash of stories. At least half of the tales you cannot even tell what area of the world the legends are supposed to be from. Mostly, it is a collection of tales with whichever type of fey as one of the characters. But there are really bad errors. How do you screw up Morgan le Fey? Cecily Mary Barker created the Flower Fairies and, no, she did not create them based on fairy lore. She created them based on flower lore and they each are for specific flowers and the lore of that flower. Red Riding Hood as well as Hansel and Gretel did not go off deliberately into the forest to hunt for the mysteries of the fairies. I have read books from the 1800's that were some of the first written accounts of those stories and , while they may have differences than the cleaned up, watered down versions we have today, there was nothing on purpose by the children in Hansel and Gretel about getting lost in the forest. Having read books on folklore and fairylore for most of my life these are based so loosely on some tales that the only connection you find is the sharing of a name. I was really disappointed as the write up I had read made it sound like a real encyclopedia where I could learn which lore was from what country, etc. More scholarly as it were instead of another fairy tale book. ...more
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Dec 14, 2011

I thought the art in this book could have been better. It had a nice weight to it and the text was very good, but... I felt the artwork was too drivitive of earlier, Victorian style paintings of fairies. There is a fine line between being inspired by the work of earlier artists and copying and I feel that Dubois really walks it and sometimes falls over and into the side of the copiest.

On the otherhand, the art historian in me may perhaps be being a bit too picky. So I would have to say that I thought the art in this book could have been better. It had a nice weight to it and the text was very good, but... I felt the artwork was too drivitive of earlier, Victorian style paintings of fairies. There is a fine line between being inspired by the work of earlier artists and copying and I feel that Dubois really walks it and sometimes falls over and into the side of the copiest.

On the otherhand, the art historian in me may perhaps be being a bit too picky. So I would have to say that perhaps my review on this is rather biased. Maybe it needs a reader not so immersed in art history as I am to fully appreciate it on it's own merits. ...more
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Jul 10, 2012

While initially disappointed in the art style, i quickly became engrossed in Dubois' flowery yet quintessentially fey descriptions. I bought it, reread it when the mood takes me, and gleefully look forward to leaving it in our son's or daughter's bedroom for them to explore. Would make great material for bedtime stories (elaborations)!
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Apr 29, 2013

For a book calling itself an encyclopedia, this seemed to be short an index or two. And since the table of contents prides itself more on flowery descriptions, like "Old Shut-Eye" or "The Gianes," instead of plainly stated categories, like "The Sandman and Other Sleep Bringers" or "Benevolent Fairies," I found it impossible to find the types of faeries I was interested in reading about.
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Nov 30, 2009

I have checked this out from my library a million times, but I don't think I have ever finished it.

It's not one of the best, but its still ok.

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